i awoke this morning to learn that a close friend of mine and his sister were murdered this weekend in front of a liquor store a block from their home. in all honesty, i’m not suprised that my friend mike “buzz” has been killed. he had chosen not to give up the lifestyle that the majority of our circle of friends abandoned after an unfortunate chain of events. to this day he still “lived by the sword”, and has thus reaped his reward. the ultimate tragedy of this event is the loss of his sister, a young intelligent woman who had her life stolen after only 19 years.
Denaya, mikes sister was entering a career in forensic psychology at the local college. i remeber not six months ago pouring her her first shot of hard alcohol at a friends birthday/welcome home from iraq party. that was the last time i saw her. she was in no way affiliated in any of the activities her brother carried on, and was killed i imagine to avoid the chance of a witness identifying the killers. mike died in the hospital on saturday, and his siter died on the scene.
this is a stark reminder that our actions not only effect ourselves but the people around us.
Mike and Demaya, you will truly be missed. rest in peace my friends.
One dead, one injured in Riverside shooting
A 19-year-old woman was killed and a 24-year-old man seriously injured in a shooting Friday night outside a Stater Bros. Market on Mary Street and Lincoln Avenue in Riverside, Riverside County Coroner’s officials said today.
Police found Denaya Marie Shanks dead on the sidewalk about 9:30 p.m. outside the Casa Blanca market at 2861 Mary St. The 24-year-old man, whose name was not available, was in very critical condition at a local hospital, officials said.
Witnesses told police they had heard an argument followed by gunshots and had seen several Hispanic men leaving the area on foot afterward, Riverside Police Lt. Victor Williams said in a news release.